FORCED AIR WARMER - PROTOTYPE 2

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Authors
  1. Ciammaichella, R.
  2. Anderson, M.
Corporate Authors
Defence and Civil Inst of Environmental Medicine, Downsview ONT (CAN);Mustang Survival Corp, Richmond BC (CAN)
Abstract
Mustang has been working with DCIEM to develop a portable Forced-Air Warming System (FAW) to improve the field treatment of hypothermic victims. DCIEM found that the first FAW prototype was about 30% more efficient in rewarming the hypothermic subjects as compared to the warming bag currently used by Search and Rescue (SAR). Field trials with FAW1 identified areas that would require improvement before introducing the system to the SAR community. Mustang has been tasked to build a second-generation rewarmer (FAW2) that addresses these concerns, based on the suggestions provided by the team of scientists and technicians at DCIEM. The basic concept of the FAW2 is that it is a field deployable system, which provides a heated microenvironment for the hypothermic patient and speeds the transfer of heat to the patient via convective airflow. The 'stretcher bed' of the FAW2 is divided equally into a lower manifold section (LMS) and a heater/blower section (HBS). The patient lies on the 'stretcher bed' of the FAW2 so that his/her torso is lying on a webbed area over the lower air manifold whereas the legs are lying on the solid cover of the HBS. A heated head cushion, extending from the LMS surrounds the patient's head. The HBS houses the airflow and heating equipment, the control panel, as well as a storage area. TRUNCATED
Keywords
Water leakage;Wet Immersion Suit;Water immersion;Forced Air Warming;Forced Air Heating
Report Number
DCIEM-98-CR-53 — Contract Report
Date of publication
01 Aug 1998
Number of Pages
30
DSTKIM No
99-00201
CANDIS No
510037
Format(s):
Hardcopy;Document Image stored on Optical Disk

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